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Luddite O'Reilly warns of child-abuse on Internet but falsifies background of cited video

Reported by Chrish - December 13, 2006 -

On a recent Impact Segment (12/6/06) Papa O'Reilly warned again of the dangers we face from the machines, and pointed to a web video featuring a young girl railing against war, religion, and other adult matters. He characterized her appearance as "child abuse" and said that he knew who her parents are and the website address, but was not going to further publicize it to protect the little girl. He was lying or grossly misinformed.

The video to which he refers can be seen below. In it a little girl, an experienced actress, is shown giving a scripted and grown-up rant against war, religion, and Republicans. Her rant is precipitated, she says, by "that idiot, Bill O'Reilly"'s appearance on Oprah several weeks ago during which he blamed violence on kids, video games, and rock music, a view which she repudiates.

O'Reilly responds to the video on his show (check out the graphic for ""Rise of the Machines", lol) but frames the video as an abuse of the child by her parents, decrying the "indoctrination." He declined to publicize the site (YouTube!) or to identify the adults behind it (Bastard Fairies) but warns viewers that they need to know it exists anyway, editing out the part where she calls him "that idiot."

His guest, Wendy Murphy, was wide-eyed with horror after viewing the edited segments deemed most inciteful by O'Reilly. She immediately agreed that it was child abuse and the use of a child to promote propaganda is the "ultimate inhumane treatment of a child." Hyperbole much?

Murphy went into a "what if" scenario - what if a nut inflamed by the girl's words hunts her down? O'Reilly clearly wanted to steer the topic otherwise, saying she is being raised by nuts who scripted her with "vile stuff - anti-religious, curse words," and put it on the world stage. What he wants to know is, can it be taken to the authorities and be presented as child abuse? He basically wants to take the child from her parents because he hates their message. Murphy replied that at a minimum, as a mother, she would make sure that the child is ostracized and the word is spread throughout the community so that the family would be shamed and stigmatized, and she would call social services because there's no doubt in her mind that this is emotional abuse. Unfortunately, she said, it's not a crime in this country though it is in others (which are not named).

O'Reilly hoped that if social services are called maybe the parents would lose rights and Murphy said it's not likely, because all those free speech types like the ACLU would get involved. (Those ACLU types would defend the Jesus Camp parents too.) O'Reilly totally smeared the parents by saying "you know if 'this stuf'f is going on, 'other stuff' is going on," insinuating that the parents are either sexually or physically abusive "too." Murphy laments that "we" had laws against animal abuse before laws against child abuse, and O'Reilly said that we can't even get child rapists sentenced. That's what happens when parents are given free range to abuse their children, agreed Murphy, ending the segment (with me crying "WHAT?")

The original video, first below, was produced by the alternative band BastardFairies. The child is an actress playing a role, as noted on the YouTube page containing the video:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: THIS VIDEO FEATURES A TALENTED YOUNG ACTRESS PLAYING A FICTITIOUS CHARACTER. IT IS A COMMERCIAL FOR THE BAND 'THE BASTARD FAIRIES' AND DIRECTED BY AN AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING TEAM.

Here's the video of O'Reilly's and Murphy's call for State intervention into family styles that are distasteful to them: